Teams & Riders Tom Dumoulin discussion thread

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The eight-day Tour of Switzerland, which starts in Frauenfeld on Sunday, June 6th, will be the first race Dumoulin will start. After that, he will ride both the Dutch time trial championships (on June 16th in Emmen) and the Dutch road race championships (on June 20th at the VAM berg).
Dumoulin now wants to focus on the Olympic time trial in Tokyo which takes place on July 28th.
All-in for Tokyo ! :) Amazing news .
 
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My first question would be if he wants to be a GC rider again, or ride like the guy he was before 2016? I wonder if that's what made him lose the will and joy. Anyway, great news. Very curious about where he stands though. Has he been riding a lot, or has he been sitting in the couch for months? I also wonder if covid lockdowns gave him the needed nudge.
That's also my question, I could see him no longer wanting to deal with the pressure/stress of having to ride for gc for 3 weeks. Of course that probably means taking a paycut, but he has been on a seven figure salary for multiple seasons, so I can't see money being a problem for him.
 
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Zonneveld says it is clear that Dumoulin will only want to be a TT/Stage hunter anymore ('the rider he was in 2016'). I can imagine this to be true but I do wonder what his source on that is. Of course Dumoulin has to do what he wants to do but would be sad to give up an Indurain-type for another Tony Martin-type.

p.s.: Don't hate on me comparing Dumoulin to Indurain. I never watched Indurain okay they just seem similar.
 
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Zonneveld says it is clear that Dumoulin will only want to be a TT/Stage hunter anymore ('the rider he was in 2016'). I can imagine this to be true but I do wonder what his source on that is. Of course Dumoulin has to do what he wants to do but would be sad to give up an Indurain-type for another Tony Martin-type.

p.s.: Don't hate on me comparing Dumoulin to Indurain. I never watched Indurain okay they just seem similar.
Won't stop the Dutch from asking about when he's gonna win the Tour every 5 minutes.

Figured this might happen. Should be great if just finds his love for the sport again. The problem with stagehunting would be being on the wrong team for that though
 
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